Keeping Time by Stacey McGlynn

This isn’t quite like a Marcia Willett or Rosamund Pilcher, but the fact that it is about a little old British lady does make me think of them.  The beginning is a little bit slow and I was worried it was going to be all about this old lady’s son forcing her to sell her house and everyone thinking she is incapable of caring for herself.  But then I got a couple chapters in and oh! the delightful mystery/story.  Going through her things, Daisy finds an engraved watch that had been given her by the American soldier she’d fallen in love with in 1945.  Sadly, he abruptly stopped writing to her.  Now, in her 70s she decides to travel to America to see if she can find him.  Her aunt had married an American and although they hadn’t kept in touch, she writes to her first cousin (Ann) and ends up staying with her cousin’s daughter (Elisabeth) and her family.  There’s lots going on here from both sides of the ocean:  Daisy’s son Dennis dealing with his shallow wife and financial troubles; Elisabeth’s sudden distrust of her husband, Richard; Elisabeth’s son’s Michael no longer caring about anything;  Ann’s coldness towards Daisy; and of course, Daisy’s search for Michael Baker, the lost love of her life.  Although Elisabeth’s family is the typical portrayal of chaos, overwork, and the family not having time for each other, Daisy loves the bustle of it all and quite quickly loves the family and brings them together.

A couple of the storylines were not really explored fully and were somewhat hastily pulled together, but overall I loved this delayed love story and Daisy’s fight to be feisty and independent.  The sentence structure was a bit offputting–many read like this:
Sarah, typing on the computer while the children, glazed, watched Monsters, Inc.
When I read the author blurb I saw that she has an MFA in film and wondered if that was why she used that structure. It was like reading the description of a movie.  The final chapter in particular was so quick and entirely like that, that it read almost like an outline!

That said, very satisfying overall.

because she has a film degree? is it like a movie? Very noticeable at final chapter when it felt like an outline

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